Jordan Walden came awfully close to making Yogi Berra proud, didn't he? It was nearly deja vu all over again for the rookie closer, but this time Waldo managed to wiggle his way out of it.
Like I said in the game preview, Cleveland is just a bad, bad place for Angel closers and Walden seemed set out to prove me right. Fortunately, Matt LaPorta must be my Walden's guardian angel, because he bailed Jordan out in a big way by bouncing into an easy doubleplay to grant Walden a reprieve. Of course, that still left Walden to deal with last night's hero, Jason Kipnis, and dealt with him he did, by smoking the kid on four pitches.
Game. Set. Match, Walden.
Now the question is if Jordan is over this slump he's fallen into. Based on his pumped up reaction, I would say that he was pretty relieved to survive this outing but it wasn't in a way that suggested that he was worried about the future, which is great, because that is the kind of mindset a reliever needs. I feel confident that he's going to be in solid shape mentally going forward, but mechanically, he probably still needs some work, even though he wasn't nearly as wild as he was on Monday.
Just to be safe though, let's hope the Angels can maybe score more than two runs tomorrow to win comfortable and spare us from a third Walden save adventure in Cleveland.